This story was full of magical realism and exactly what I was looking for when I started reading it. The small river town setting was essential to the story, reminding me at times of scenes of inns on the river in Game of Thrones. While the interweaving of the lives of multiple characters was slightly confusing at times, all of your questions are answered and everything wraps up nicely by the end.
I was afraid everything wouldn't tie together in the end, but it was perfect. I loved the moral compass, Mr. Armstrong, and how it's not just the love of a mother highlighted in the book, but also the love a father can feel too. I definitely recommend this book, especially if you liked the Thirteenth Tale